Thursday, August 24, 2017

MacKay Cartoon Stirs Controversy

Hamilton Spectator cartoonist Graeme MacKay had to delete the above cartoon from his Facebook page because of the abusive comments it generated.

Here is what he wrote:

I had to delete a cartoon (posted below) and printed in the Spectator on Tuesday. Some FB users drawn to my page were becoming more and more abusive in the thread beneath it, and, in one particular direct message to me today, threatening - almost 2 days after it was posted.

I've been made aware of another instance of a FB user confronting threats.

I've never had to take down a post until now, and I apologize to anyone who kept the conversation civil. Unfortunately, a few bad apples have wrecked discussion for the rest. Above all, civility is required in these frightening times. Please embrace the cartoon's message that violence is never the answer.

Bent Q Media, Hamilton's self-described "LGBTQ2SI+ Media & Community Hub" went as far as calling the cartoon neo-Nazi propaganda in an article posted yesterday.


"Black Bloc warning urges more violence against Canadian journalists" on Global TV.
"The left is alienating its allies by shutting down free speech" on the CBC Opinion page.
"Please don't punch Nazis. It only makes things worse" in iPolitics.

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